Advocacy Events This Week
Tue 4/13 1PM Ways & Means Human Services Budget Hearing

Wed 4/14 10AM GO Online Event - Roadshow Prep Session

Wed 4/14 PM Ways & Means Budget Roadshow Events Begin
GO! Bulletin
Public Testimony Day - April 13th for Human Services: Developmental Disability Services Budget Hearings
 
The Human Services Subcommittee of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will be taking public testimony on the budget for the DHS Office of Developmental Disability services on Tuesday April 13 at 1:00pm in a virtual hearing.  
 
The DD Coalition will have several panels of individuals who will be testifying and providing information to the committee on the importance of maintaining and making additional key investments in the sustainability of our comprehensive DD services system, including our budget priorities of:
  • Reinstating Regional Family Network Funding
  • Raising Direct Support Professional Wages
  • Fully Funding DD Case Management
  • Developing Statewide Data System for DD Services
 
Legislators need to hear from you so that they can understand the real impact these services have on your lives! You can make a real difference by sharing your story through during the online hearing or by submitting written testimony on SB 5529 which is the DD Services Budget Bill.

Use this link to learn how to offer verbal testimony at the hearing and this link to submit written testimony.
 
Here is a sample of how to prepare your testimony:
 
Co-Chairs and Members of the Committee.
 
My name is ____, and I live in (your neighborhood/community). I am here to urge you to prioritize funding for Developmental Disability Services, and more specifically in DSP Wages, DD Case Management and Regional Family Networks.
[Quickly mention why this is important to you.]
 
Family Networks, Direct Support Professionals and DD Case Managers have provided essential lifelines to Oregonians with disabilities and their families during these very uncertain times. Please fund these vital programs to ensure these vulnerable people have the supports they need, when they need them.
 
Thank you!

GO! ONLINE: 2021 DD Advocacy Day
Tuesday, April 13th from 10AM - Noon

Join the Oregon DD Coalition’s GO! Project Advocacy Team online On Tuesday, April 13th from 10AM to Noon to learn about:
  • Legislative Budget Priorities
  • Preparing for State Budget Roadshow Sessions

2021 Oregon Budget Virtual Hearings
 
Help us advocate for funding of Family Networks, DSP Wages and/or DD Case Management!

It's time for the Ways & Means Roadshow and an important opportunity to tell legislators why funding DSP Wages, DD Case Management and Regional Family Networks should be a top budget priority.
 
What is the Ways & Means Committee? The Ways & Means Committee is a powerful joint committee of Senators and Representatives tasked with balancing the state budget, and how much funding specific programs receive.  This Ways & Means Committee asking for input on its 2021-23 Budget Framework  and specifically how the state will use the $780 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds for the one-time investments to revitalize Oregon’s economy and provide resources for workers and families impacted by the pandemic.
 
What is the Roadshow?  Traditionally, legislators would travel across the state to hear directly from Oregonians about the issues that are important in their lives. This year, the Roadshow will be virtual, with a scheduled event in each of the five of Oregon’s congressional districts. This is your chance to advocate for funding of the DD Services priorities that you care about without even leaving your home.
 
Registration Process: Depending on which congressional district you live in, there will be different links or registration. If you are not sure which congressional district you live in, you can use this helpful link to find out! Be sure you know which Congressional District you live in before you begin your registration!
If you live in Congressional District 1 
Your hearing will take place on Wednesday, April 14, 5:30-7:30 pm
 Register to testify live here |  Submit written testimony here
If you live in Congressional District 2
Your hearing will take place on Saturday, April 17, 1:00-3:00 pm
 Register to testify live here | Submit written testimony here

If you live in Congressional District 3
 Your hearing will take place on Wednesday, April 21, 5:30-7:30 pm
 Register to testify live here | Submit written testimony here
If you live in Congressional District 4
 Your hearing will take place on Thursday, April 22, 5:30-7:30 pm
 Register to testify live here | Submit written testimony here
If you live in Congressional District 5
 Your hearing will take place on Saturday, April 24, 1:00-3:00 pm
Register to testify live here | Submit written testimony here
Note: When filling out the form, indicate that you want testify on
Senate Bill 5555 Human Services: DD Services Budget
After you register, you can access the hearing by phone or video.  If you need assistance with electronic registration, call: 1-833-698-1371. You can either join using Microsoft Teams, or by phone, and you will want to be present for the beginning of the hearing - you will not know when your name might be called, so you'll need to be prepared to be present for the two-hour period if you can.
 
If you are not able to participate in the roadshow hearing as scheduled, please submit written testimony through the online portal at https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Testimony/JWM
What to say:
You will have 1-2 minutes to tell the Ways & Means Committee why they should prioritize funding for Developmental Disability Services programs. 
Here is a template that you could use:
 
Co-Chair Johnson, Co-Chair Steiner-Hayward, Co-Chair Rayfield, and Members of the Committee.
 
My name is _____, and I live in (your neighborhood/community). I am here to urge you to prioritize funding for Developmental Disability Services, and more specifically in DSP Wages, DD Case Management and Regional Family Networks.
[Quickly mention why this is important to you.]
 
Family Networks, Direct Support Professionals and DD Case Managers have provided essential lifelines to Oregonians with disabilities and their families during these very uncertain times. Please fund these vital programs to ensure these vulnerable people have the supports they need, when they need them.
 
Thank you!
Bills, Hearings and Deadlines

This coming week we will reach another key milestone in the 2021 legislative session. Bills have to be passed out of committee in their chamber of origin by Tuesday, April 13th or they will die in committee.* The following are the additional bill deadlines we will be tracking going forward:
-      May 14th: Bills have to have a work session scheduled in the second chamber or they die*
-      May 28th: Bills have to be passed out of committee in the second chamber or they die in committee; committees close for the session*.
 
* Note: This bill deadline does not apply to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, other joint committees, the Senate Committee on Finance and Revenue, the House Committee on Revenue, the Senate Committee on Rules, the House Committee on Rules, the Senate Committee on Redistricting and the House Committee on Redistricting. 
 
Below are some of the hearings and bills we’re tracking during the upcoming week. Please see our DD Coalition Priority Bills Report for more information.
 
MONDAY — April 12, 2021  
 
8:00 am / Remote ASenate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  SB 418: Prohibits peace officer from using deceit, trickery or artifice during interview of youth concerning act that, if committed by adult, would constitute crime.
o  SB 409: Expands applicability of certain laws requiring reporting and investigating of sexual conduct in schools to include sexual conduct by students.
 
8:00 am / Remote C: House Committee on Behavioral Health will be holding a work session on HB 3069, a bill that requires Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations to interim committees of Legislative Assembly, no later than September 15, 2022, for legislative changes needed to increase access to behavioral health services for all Oregonians.
 
1:00 pm / Remote CHouse Committee on Early Childhood will be holding a work session on HB 2503, a bill that expands eligibility for certain child care subsidy programs.
 
1:00 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Healthcare will be holding a work session on SB 800, which requires Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations to interim committees of Legislative Assembly, no later than September 15, 2022, for legislative changes needed to increase access to health care for all Oregonians.
 
3:15 pm / Remote FHouse Committee on Human Services will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  HB 2394: Requires long term care facilities, residential facilities, adult foster homes and facilities with memory care endorsements to have isolation prevention plans to enable residents to communicate with other residents, family members, friends or other external support systems during public emergency.
o  HB 2333: Directs Department of Human Services to report information regarding prescription of psychotropic medications to children in foster care.
o  HB 2595: Requires Department of Human Services to conduct staffing and workload analysis and update it before developing biennial budgets and when
 
3:15 pm / Remote BSenate Committee on Education will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  SB 732: Requires school districts to establish educational equity advisory committee.
o  SB 236: Directs Early Learning Division to conduct study on use of suspension and expulsion in early childhood care and education programs and to report results of study to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
o  SB 226: Directs Department of Education to conduct study on education system of state and to report results of study to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
o  SB 225: Directs Department of Education to conduct study on education system of state and to report results of study to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
o  SB 232: Directs Department of Education, in collaboration with Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, to conduct study to identify most effective methods to diversify educator workforce and to report results of study to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
o  SB 356: Creates position of School Nurse Specialist in Department of Education.
 
TUESDAY — April 13, 2021
 
1:00 pm / Remote E: House Committee on Education will be holding a work session on HB 2166, a bill that directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction to convene advisory group to review equity in education system of state and to report results of review to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education.
 
1:00 pm / Remote 174Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Human Services will continue its public hearings on the Oregon Department of Human Services budget bill (SB 5529), with PUBLIC TESTIMONY!   Don’t miss out on this opportunity to advocate for the supports and services that make a difference in your life or the life of someone you know who experiences a developmental disability. See the information above for guidance on how to provide written and oral testimony at this hearing.
 
3:15 pm / Remote B: Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health and Recovery will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  SB 714: Establishes minimum staffing ratio for residential care facilities and facilities with memory care endorsements.
o  SB 267: Requires Department of Human Services to report to interim committees of Legislative Assembly related to human services any changes needed to statutes governing programs administered by department due to changes to budget.
o  SB 84: Directs Department of Human Services to prepare report regarding Strengthening, Preserving and Reunifying Families programs and make recommendations for legislation.
o  SB 273: Directs Department of Human Services to study and make recommendations on provisions of state law related to children.
o  SB 703: Requires Department of Human Services and Oregon Health Authority to adopt quality metrics for caregiver registries, home health agencies, in-home care agencies and certain residential care facilities.
 
3:15 pm / Remote F: House Committee on Health Care will be holding work sessions on the following bills:
o  HB 3159Requires health care provider and health insurer to collect from patient, client or member data on race, ethnicity, preferred spoken and written languages, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity.
o  HB 3352: Renames Health Care for All Oregon Children program as Health Care for All Oregon program and expands eligibility to adults who would qualify for Medicaid-funded state medical assistance program or for federal premium tax credits but for their immigration status.
o  HB 3062: Requires Oregon Health Authority to study and make recommendations to interim committees of Legislative Assembly, no later than September 15, 2022, for legislative changes needed to increase access to health care for all Oregonians.
o  HB 2010: Creates public option to allow consumers to enroll in state-designed health plans through health insurance exchange.
 
WEDNESDAY — April 14, 2021
 
5:30 pm / Remote B: Joint Committee on Ways and Means will be holding the first of five virtual “budget roadshow” public hearings, where members of the public from Congressional District 1 will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the Co-Chairs’ Framework for the proposed state budget and ideas for investment of the $780 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding the state is expecting to receive from the Federal government (SB 5555). See discussion above for further information on how to submit written or oral testimony at this hearing.
 
THURSDAY — April 15, 2021

8:00 am / Remote D: Joint Committee on Transportation will be holding a public hearing on HB 3125, a bill that Directs Department of Transportation to create emergency contact information form and make form available for individuals to voluntarily provide emergency contact information for inclusion in individual's motor vehicle record for police officers to use, during or after emergency situations, to contact those listed.
 
1:00 pm / Remote 170: House Committee on Rules will be holding a public hearing and possible work session on HB 2337, a bill that requires state agencies and third party contractors that collect demographic data on behalf of state agencies to comply with rules adopted by Oregon Health Authority for collection of data on race, ethnicity, preferred spoken and written languages and disability status.
 
SATURDAY — April 17, 2021
 
§ 1:00 pm / Remote B: Joint Committee on Ways and Means will be holding the second of five virtual “budget roadshow” public hearings, where members of the public from Congressional District 2 will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the Co-Chairs’ Framework for the proposed state budget and ideas for investment of the $780 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding the state is expecting to receive from the Federal government (SB 5555). See discussion above for further information on how to submit written or oral testimony at this hearing.
 
INTERESTED IN GIVING TESTIMONY AT A COMMITTEE HEARING? 

In order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, entry to the Oregon State Capitol is for authorized personnel only until further notice. The Oregon Legislative Assembly has established a process to accept remote verbal public testimony on bills by video or phone during this time, in addition to written public testimony.  For more information, see the helpful information posted online. 
INTERESTED IN TRACKING BILLS OR HEARINGS?

  • Use the Oregon Legislature's Capitol e-Subscribe service to receive bill alerts for individual bills as they move through the legislative process, receive committee agendas, news from members of the legislative body and more.
  • You can also watch or listen to live or archived video and audio of Senate and House chamber sessions and Committee hearings. 
2021 Legislative Session Budget Priorities

  • Reinstate Regional Family to Family Networks ($1.3 million GF)
  • Set DSP Wage at 150% of minimum wage (HB 2964)
  • Fully Fund Case Management Entities
  • Develop Statewide Data System

GO! ONLINE: DD Advocacy Videos
We created a series of training videos to support your preparation for remote legislative advocacy. Visit our You Tube Channel or Facebook Page to view them.

  • Introduction to the GO! Project
  • 2021 Legislative Advocacy
  • Why Is Advocacy Important?
  • How To Develop Your Message
  • Making a Legislative Appointment
  • Preparing For a Virtual Visit
  • Expecting the Unexpected
  • What to Do After a Legislative Visit
  • Advocacy Via Email
It’s quick and easy to find out who your State Senator and State Representative are at www.oregonlegislature.gov
About the Oregon DD Coalition
The Oregon DD Coalition advocates for DD services on behalf of and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and support organizations in Oregon.

We influence DD service and community support systems and legislation by communicating with a common, consistent voice – creating better opportunities for Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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